About the Institute

Founded in 1994, the MPIWG in Berlin is one of the more than eighty research institutes administered by the Max Planck Society. It is dedicated to the study of the history of science and aims to understand scientific thinking and practice as historical phenomena. Researchers pursue an historical epistemology in their studies of how new categories of thought, proof, and experience have emerged. More

Projects and Sources

Research at the MPIWG is carried out in individual and collaborative projects. To browse through the projects, use the keyword index of the institute. More

The MPIWG is an advocate of open access to scholarly knowledge and is committed to making sources in the history of science available online. More


Call for applications for Journalist-in-Residence Fellowship. Deadline July 9, 2017.

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Call for Papers for conference “Learning by the Book: Manuals and Handbooks in the History of Knowledge,” Princeton University, June 7–10,  2018. Deadline July 15, 2017.

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New Articles and Preprints

Rosol, C. (2017). Data, models and Earth history in deep convolution: Paleoclimate simulations and their epistemological unrest. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 40(2), 120-139. View

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Brock, E. K. (2017). The desert and the dendrograph: place, community, and ecological instrumentation. In N. Mössner, & A. Nordmann (Eds.), Reasoning in measurement (pp. 170-185). London [u.a.]: Routledge.

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